Anorak News | Merriam Webster: Locavore, Upcycling And Previvor

Merriam Webster: Locavore, Upcycling And Previvor

by | 12th, November 2007

THE Croydonian spots some new words:

Yup, its that time of the year, again. And pretty poor I think the New Oxford American Dictionary’s choice is too: ‘locavore’. Maybe Merriam Webster will come up with a 2007 entry to rival ‘truthiness’.

“The “locavore” movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to grow or pick their own food, arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locavores also shun supermarket offerings as an environmentally friendly measure, since shipping food over long distances often requires more fuel for transportation”.

To adapt Ibsen, “Do not use that foreign word…We have that excellent native [phrase] ‘allotment holders'”.

Other entries of doubtless utility include:

‘Upcycling: the transformation of waste materials into something more useful or valuable’.

‘Previvor: a person who has not been diagnosed with a form of cancer but has survived a genetic predisposition for cancer’. This one is particularly ghastly, taking Latin roots for ‘before’ and ‘live’. The horror… I suppose I am previving death at the moment.


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